Following a few important rules will insure a safe and happy day at one of Cat Ba most beautiful beaches. The rules listed below come from the Cat Ba Lifeguard Service and apply to Cat Ba town beaches; be aware that regulations may differ at beaches outside of the Cat Ba town limits. Please note that each local beach has its own set of rules and regulations that cover issues such as alcohol, pets, off-limit areas (because of pollution or other reasons), and other restrictions. Please ask a lifeguard if you have questions.
This is not an exhaustive list and all laws are subject to change without notice. If you have any questions, check posted signs or ask a lifeguard. You may refer to boating regulations if you need more information on laws that pertain to boating on Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Glass Containers. Glass containers are prohibited if used to carry liquid for drinking purposes.
Beach Fires. Fires are permitted only in fire containers provided by the City or in personal barbeques elevated off the ground. Coals must be removed or deposited in hot coal containers.
Dogs. Dogs are permitted on beaches and in adjacent parks only from 6 p.m. – 9 a.m. and must be leashed at all times. Dogs are prohibited at other hours of the day, except at Dog Beach (adjacent to Ocean Beach) and Fiesta Island (in Mission Bay), where dogs are permitted 24 hours a day unleashed. At all locations, you must clean up after your pet.
Alcohol. Alcohol is prohibited at all times at all City of San Diego beaches and beach parks as well as State Beaches.
Smoking. Smoking is prohibited at all times at all City of San Diego beaches and beach parks as well as State Beaches.
Water Use Areas. Water areas off the major beaches are divided into swimming and surfing zones to separate these users. A black and yellow checker flag will normally be posted between zones. Check signs or ask a lifeguard for the proper zone for your activity.
Unsafe Behavior. Regardless of the area, it is unlawful to use any water recreational device (surfboard, boat, etc.) in a manner that endangers others.
Overnight Camping. Overnight camping and sleeping are prohibited.
Boardwalk Speed Regulations. On the Mission Beach / Pacific Beach boardwalk, the maximum speed limit is 8 mph (13 kph).
Cliff Jumping. Jumping from cliffs or other heights higher than 5 feet into the Pacific Ocean is prohibited.
Lifeguard Directions. It is a misdemeanor to fail to follow the lawful order of a lifeguard or to provide false information to a lifeguard.
Injuring a Lifeguard. Any person who intentionally injures a lifeguard in the State of California may be convicted of felony battery.
Special Information About Rip Currents
A rip current is a seaward-moving current that circulates water back to sea after it is pushed ashore by waves. Each wave accumulates water on shore, creating seaward pressure. This pressure is released in an area with the least amount of resistance, which is usually the deepest point along the ocean floor. Rip currents also occur in areas where the strength of the waves is weakened by objects such as rock jetties, piers, natural reefs, and even large groups of bathers. Rip currents often look like muddy rivers flowing away from shore. They are sometimes mistakenly called “rip tides” or “undertows.” These are misnomers. Rip currents are not directly associated with tides and they do not pull people under. Try to avoid swimming where rip currents are present; but if you become caught in one, swim parallel to the shore until the pull stops, and then swim back to shore. If you are unable to return to the beach, tread water and wave for lifeguard assistance.
Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Rip currents often occur alongside fixed objects in the water. Be aware of ocean conditions.